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Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year !

Happy New Year Rogers Park!

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Re: We don’t knead extra graffiti in Rogers Park

Re: We don’t knead extra graffiti in Rogers Park

So that’s where that old truck ended up! Actually, the Corner Bakery truck you photographed does not actually belong to Corner Bakery any longer. It was sold when our company was sold by our former parent company, Brinker International, and was to have been repainted. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. If you happen to see it again, don’t hesitate to photograph the license plate for us and send it our way so we can do our part to try to rid Rogers Park of graffiti!

Dianna Robinson
Director of Marketing
Corner Bakery Cafe

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Thank you Dianna,

- Bill Morton

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Rogers Park Power Outage

3am, 3:20am, 4am and again at 4:20am, brown-outs and power outages occured on and around the 730o N. Sheridan Road block of Rogers Park.

Again, businesses lost hours of work and the Chicago Fire Department had to check up on the retirement communities and group homes in the area.

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

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YoChicago deleted the following message on their Rogers Park feature:

"Although I am for progress, that last picture of the demolition site of the Adelphi Theater was an example of a historic building and viable business being destroyed wastefully"."It's been well over a year since the demolition, and the planned condo-project never happened. It's just a sad hole in the ground". - Bill Morton

So, I tweaked it a little bit for further consideration and re-posted.

"I am not opposed to progress, but the demolition of the Adelphi Theater (in the last picture above), was an example of wasteful destruction of a historical building and viable business.
It has been well over a year, and the demolition site is still an eyesore hole in the ground". - Bill Morton

What do you think? Are they going to delete my Rogers Park comment again?

Check out the YoChicago Rogers Park article and post here.

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Friday, December 28, 2007

What's your favorite neighborhood and why?

"Rogers Park (where I lived for three years) had it's charms and diversity but what got me out of there was a bullet that came through my window". Read more here.

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Which is your least favorite neighborhood, and why?

Rogers Park was mentioned five times.

"Rogers Park. It's just still so depressing. I know there are some great old beautiful houses, but for the most part it's still a bit scary". Read more here.

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49th Ward Politics

Bribery, public trust, and other tempting and nifty terms

"I am not sure what, exactly, Bill Morton is trying to accomplish with his blog, but it has really nifty definitions like bribery, public trust, microtargeting, lawn sign, and election litter. I find it really cool. Relevant to us, here is a rundown of the field (from the political campaign staff entry)".

Read more here.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Still excited about your condo boom?

Rather than a condo boom, I've more often heard it referred to as "teardown madness".

Here is an interesting posting on the subject from the 24/7 North of Howard Watchers

"So lenders are facing bankruptcy due to what some consider greed or poor judgement. Owners are facing foreclosure from a mixture of financial ignorance and/or living beyond their means. So what support is there for those left to face other peoples often sad realities"? ... Read more here.

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Graffiti on the Urban Dictionary

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Here's one of the two definitions listed for graffiti:

"Vandalism by means of spraypainting words/pictures onto public areas.
Tyrone & Maximillion tagged a homeless person while he was sleeping in the gutter."

- Graffiti on the Urban Dictionary

Rogers Park

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Despite a condo boom rogers park retail lags.

Craig says...

Bill Morton says...

anon says...

Condo Boom? I have a list of Rogers Park real estate going into foreclosure.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

1,000 Words. What a Concept!

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The Chicago Reader's Year-End photo issue is remarkably like Rogers Park in 1,000 Words.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Monday, December 24, 2007

Rogers Park on Urban Dictionary

Here's one of the two definitions listed for Rogers Park:

"One of the few slums left on Chicago's otherwise nice North Side.

Pedestrians here are often "gooned" (randomly beaten) while walking down the street, dilapidated tenements line the 'L' tracks and Morse Avenue is a notorious open-air drug market.

In fact, Rogers Park is so hoodish that its criminal atmosphere seeps into south Evanston, immediately past Howard Street to the north.

Typical inhabitants include drug dealers, thugs, homeless people and annoying, pretentious hipsters who would rather listen to a gunshot lullaby every night than live in a nice neighborhood like Lincoln Park or Lakeview.

Humboldt Park and Uptown may be crappy North Side neighborhoods, but Rogers Park takes the cake.

Rogers Park is the Englewood of the North Side".

For the full page click here.

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Rogers Park condo-project that never happened: Featured on

Bill Morton said:

"Although I am for progress, that last picture of the demolition site of the Adelphi Theater was an example of a historic building and viable business being destroyed wastefully".

"It's been well over a year since the demolition, and the planned condo-project never happened. It's just a sad hole in the ground".

Read more here.

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Party at Quest Network Services

Party at Quest Network Services on

Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 7:00 PM
Let's have some Holiday Festivities before Christmas and the New Year!

There is no cover charge for this event at Quest, but please bring something to contribute to the party.

7301 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, Il. 60626

- Bill

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mary Jo Doyle

A customer just informed me about Mary Jo Doyle.

The following is from :

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mary Jo Doyle

We have lost a true friend of Rogers Park and its history.

John E. Maloney Funeral Home
1359 West Devon Avenue
Friday 12/21/07 viewing from 3pm-9pm

Mass at Saint Margaret Mary's Church
Saturday 12/22/07 at 10am
2324 W Chase Ave

In lieu of flowers you may make donations to:

The Rogers Park/ West Ridge Historical Society
Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society
7344 N. Western, Chicago, IL 60645

American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

The Red Door Animal Shelter
Red Door Animal Sheltr
P. O.Box 269119 Chicago, IL 60626

St. Scholastica Academy
St. Scholstica Academy
7416 N. Ridge Chicago IL 60645

Visit for additional information


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Rogers Park Q & A

This one was sent to my e-mail address:

Q: Do you know anything of a hit and run in Rogers Park that concerned a white pickup and a judge riding a yellow bike, or any hit and run that occurred in the last say 5 months in that area?I overheard a neighbor talking, it might be BS but who knows, have contacted police they are disinterested.

Thank You, R. J. Y.

A: R. J. Y., I did hear of a hit and run in the alley behind Sherwin Manor Nursing Center. Here are all of the details I have: . I also spotted a flyer taped to a bus shelter on Sheridan and Chase inquiring if anyone had witnessed a recent hit and run.

Thank you for your question. - Bill Morton, Rogers Park in 1,000 Words

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Car accident on Clark and Birchwood

5pm, I saw a firetruck and an ambulance on Clark Street and Birchwood Avenue.

When I arrived to the scene, there was a damaged car and a body covered with a blanket on the street. Someone was holding an umbrella over him, and the ambulance was just parked in the middle of the street.

The slick streets may have been a factor in this auto accident.

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Images of Rogers Park at Quest Network Services

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As seen on, Bill Morton's RP1000 showcase "Images of Rogers Park" is now on display at Quest Network Services.

This is the first presentation in a series featuring community artists and photo journalists.

Quest Network Services 7301 N. Sheridan Road (773)761-3555

Quest Network Services is located at

7301 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL. 60626

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Our very own Bill Morton

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Question of the day. Here we have our very own Bill Morton holding what looks to be a framed picture of the Adelphi Theater. Not just holding it, he seems to be discussing it with Mayor Daley. What do you think Bill's trying to accomplish here?

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Sunday, December 2, 2007

The Rogers Park gun debate

Gun violence

Gun violence is the broadly defined category of violence and crime committed with the use of a firearm; it does not include the safe lawful use of firearms for sport, hunting, target practice, law enforcement, or self-defense.[1] Gun violence encompasses intentional crime characterized as homicide (although not all homicide is automatically a crime) and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as unintentional injury and death resulting from the misuse of firearms, particularly by children and adolescents.[2]

The United States has the highest rates among developed countries, often accounted to the loose firearm laws in the U.S. compared to other developed countries[4].

See also

Castle Doctrine

Duty to retreat

Shall Issue Concealed Carry

Gun violence in the United States

Stand-your-ground law

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